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Sexual Health (Female)

We offer a range of options i.e. medications, supplements and services for several routine health conditions that affect female sexual health, libido and and fertility. The key ones include- Bacterial Vaginosis, Period Delay, Heavy & Painful Periods, Cystitis, Thrush, Weight Loss and Emergency Contraception. Contact us for advice and treatment recommendations for any of these or other female related health needs.
Period Delay There are times when having your period is annoying, especially during romantic get aways or special engagements. At such times delaying it for a short while is worth considering. We offer access to the prescription only medicine- Utovlan (Norethisterone 5mg) for this. This will postpone your period for as long as you take it and 2-3 days after stopping it.

There are other ways to delay your period, and if norethisterone is not the best option for you we can advice you otherwise or signpost you elsewhere.
From £16
Norethisterone is a synthetic version of progesterone, a natural hormone in your body which when present in high levels helps to maintain your womb lining. This prevents menstruation, hence period delay. 

To use it effectively you must be able to predict when your period is due and start taking it 3 days before your due date and continue for the delay period (maximum of 17 days). 

If you are already on the combined oral contraceptive pill, then delay your period by omitting the 7 day pill free break or use of inactive pills (do not take norethisterone).
Heavy & Painful Menstrual Periods Period pains are common and a natural part of the menstrual cycle. They happen when the womb muscle contracts to enable shedding of the wombs lining i.e. your period. Often times the cramps go unnoticed, but sometimes they can be quite severe and require pain killers.

Less commonly, intense period pain can be due to an underlying condition such as endometriosis, fibroids or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). These conditions often affect women aged 30 to 45, with fibroids and PCOS being particularly common in black women. Intense period pain in these conditions is often associated with particularly heavy and/ or irregular periods.

Fortunately, many of the symptoms can be managed through medications we stock such as Tranexamic acid and pain killers. We also have a range of herbs and supplements that can help reduce these symptoms and resulting conditions such as anaemia and infertility.
From £13.50
Tranexamic Acid is commonly used for heavy bleeding in women, such as occurs with fibroids and heavy periods (menorrhagia). It prevents blood clots from being broken down, leading to a reduction in bleeding. It can be taken intermittently depending on symptoms.

You may not need a prescription for it, but will be required to undergo a short consultation with the pharmacist to check suitability before purchasing.
Female Fertility With more women having children later in life, there is an increasing need to optimise fertility. This is because increasing age is the major limiting factor for female fertility. Although, women are born with up to 2 million immature eggs, by age 37 this reduces to about 25,000 (British Fertility Society).

Unfortunately, as the number of eggs declines, so does the quality leading to increased diffculties in conceiving with age. The good news however, is that although age can't be changed, there are many other factors that affect egg quality and fertility that can be worked on to increase your chances of conception. These include weight, lifestyle, abnormal periods, medications, STD's, fibroids etc. The key is having tailored support to help you conceive naturally or with IVF/ IUI. 

The natural method depends on your cycle, ovulation and timed intercourse. You can start the process by using an ovulation kit to monitor your cycle and contacting us for a free fertility assessment.

*Graph 1: Shows pregnancy most likely when sex happens in the 3 days before ovulation i.e. 26% if  2 days before compared to https://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/fei/when-are-women-men-most-fertile/)
From £29.99
Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test Kit (OPK) 10 Tests
Helps you identify at least 4 of your most fertile days, when you have the best chance of getting pregnant naturally. It does this by tracking two key fertility hormones i.e. estrogen and luteinising hormone. The test is easy to use as it gives you a Clearblue smiley face when it identifies your best days to get pregnant.

Ref:
1. In a study of 87 women, 4 or more fertile days were identified in 80% of cycles using actual cycle length (2012)

Key Features
  • Only test that identifies 4 or more fertile days
  • Gives you more opportunities to get pregnant
  • Over 99% accurate at detecting the LH surge
  • Clear and easy to understand results i.e. Clearblue smiley face appears on your most fertile days
Morning After Pill (Emergency Hormonal Contraception) The morning after pill can be taken after unprotected sexual intercourse (UPSI) to avoid pregnancy. There are two types available in the UK without a prescription. Levonorgestrel (Levonelle® one- step) and EllaOne®:
From £15.99
Levonorgestrel (Levonelle®): Licensed for use within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse (UPSI)

In reality, this should be taken as soon as possible after UPSI and although it should only be used occasionally, it may be worth having some spare in your ‘medicine cabinet’ for ‘accidents’.

You do not need a prescription for this, but will be required to undergo a short consultation with the pharmacist to check suitability before issuing.
From £33
EllaOne®:
Can be used within 120 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse
Trials showed superiority over Levonelle after 72 hours

In reality, this should be taken as soon as possible after UPSI and although it should only be used occasionally, it may be worth having some spare in your ‘medicine cabinet’ for ‘accidents’.

You do not need a prescription for this, but will be required to undergo a short consultation with the pharmacist to check suitability before issuing.

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Bacterial Vaginosis A common ailment in women. It occurs as a result of an imbalance of vaginal bacteria. Accompanying symptoms include white/ grey fish smelly vaginal discharge with no itching or soreness.

Although not a sexually transmitted infection, the chances of acquiring it increase with sexual activity. It can’t be passed to a male sexual partner, but can be passed on to a female partner. The risks of getting it increase with bubble baths, scented soaps, and vaginal deodorants.

If you think you have this or have had it prior and would like advice, a supplement or a prescription only medicine to prevent or treat it book a Mini- Consultation with us.
Cystitis Often referred to as a water or urinary infection. It can cause inflammation in the bladder and common symptoms include discomfort and pain when passing urine as well as the need to go more frequently. Mild cases may self resolve by simple measures such as drinking more water, refraining from sex, avoiding alcohol and acidic drinks such as fruit juices, trying a supplement/ herb (can also prevent reoccurence) or over the counter products such as sodium bicarbonate and pottassium citrate. Where such measures are ineffective and symptoms are persistent then antibiotics are indicated. .

If you feel this is the case with you, then book a Mini- Consultation with us for advice on treatment options.
Thrush Thrush is a yeast infection which commonly causes itching, swelling and irritation of the vagina. It may also be associated with vaginal discharge and is an uncomfortable but relatively harmless infection that is easy to treat. Treatment is available in a variety of forms, including a capsule that is taken orally and a pessary, which is inserted into the vagina. Thrush treatment is also available as a cream. This is applied to the external area of the vagina, and helps reduce itching and soreness.

Treatment is effective for majority of women, and symptoms often resolve within a few days. We provide a range of options for thrush, which you can order online through our pharmacy shop, alternatively you can book a Mini- Consultation if you are unsure if you have thrush or what treatment to use.
From £7.49
We have a range of options for women when it comes to Thrush, from the combined pessary and cream to the oral capsule- all containing potent anti-fungals to provide effective treatment and soothing relief from itching caused by Thrush. You can select from the wide variety available in our 'Womens Shop'. Here, is one of the most popular formulations used i.e. the external cream. 
From £2.99
This Single Once Only 'Thrush Relief' Capsule can provide quick & effective relief from the symptoms of vaginal thrush. Some may find it a more convenient option than some of the other formulations available. It can also be used to treat men if they have thrush on their penis.